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Good books on working-out principles

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Etienne, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. kever

    kever Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2005
    Wanted to revitalize this thread to just note how good Book of Muscle is. I'm now on the intermediate workout and the results are coming really fast. Highly recommended.

    I just finished the advanced program, and I have had great results too. My deadlift went from 275 lbs to 415lbs with this workout. I'm glad it's working for you fatherseanfan. Its really effective if you stick it out.
  2. floete

    floete Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2005
    take it or leave it but imho the best book ever written on this subject is the Testosterone Advantage Plan, affectionately refered to by fans as TAP. The New Rules book is good but a little confusing. Also, I love Pavel but his stuff is largely a mish-mash of various tidbits that could be distilled down to 3 pages max; best bet for him is just to hang out at his website. Also, forget Skinny to Brawny -- a confused mess, as even the author sometimes seems to agree (on the forum noted below). TAP rules.

    now, for the best website related to this stuff, it is far and away JP's, at http://forums.jpfitness.com. You can go to t-nation and get yourself lost in all the cool graphics and whatnot; or you can go to jp and hang out at a regulartype forum with the guys who write the stuff that appears on t-nation. i kid you not. it's not flash but it is the best. check it out!
  3. nastyandy

    nastyandy Well-Known Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    One of the absolute best resources I used to learn and create my workout routines (and I still refer to it often,) was Strength Training Anatomy by Francis Delavier.

    Not only does this book expound on technique and specific types of training for each body part, it shows in detail exactly which muscles are being used with every kid of movement. It's kind of like having a menu of different exercises to choose from for each body part.

    I very highly recommend it; it's ideal for the beginner and a great reference for the advanced body builder.
  4. lefty

    lefty Well-Known Member

    Oct 27, 2006

    Book of Muscle/Testosterone Advantage Plan/New Rules of Lifting are all co-authored by Lou Schuler. His site is here: http://louschuler.com/

    They're all good books and can be had on Amazon for about $50 total.

    jpfitness is a good site for a newbie. t-nation is mostly filled with sycophants and for the few good articles available you have to wade through whatever nutty article Waterbury has written this month.

    For fat loss try McDonald's books and forum: lylemcdonald.com. Be warned that it is a freewheeling hard-ass board that does not suffer fools period. The advice is bang on though.

  5. Britalian

    Britalian Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Twelve Weeks to a Better Body for Women by Ronald S. Laura and Kenneth R. Dutton
    Used this a few yrs ago and stuck to it and it worked. Since then I've resorted to atrophy.
  6. globetrotter

    globetrotter Well-Known Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    greater chicago
    one of my favorite all-around books is "getting stronger" by bill pearl. before there was arnold, there was bill pearl. he really knows his stuff. his book has A LOT of info on nutrition and has very detailed descriptions and illustrations. in fact, i like this book a little more than arnold's encyclopedia. btw, he is a VEGETARIAN, and has won a mr. universe on a completely ovo-lacto vegetarian diet--and this was back in the day. a real pioneer.

    that was the book I was going to recomend. a bible.
  7. william

    william Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    I'm still not exactly sure what you're looking for, but I found the book Brawn by Stuart McRobert insightful when I began working out heavily in college.


    He initially discusses the 3 main body types and pretty much advocates a 5x5 training program focusing on squats, deadlifts, and bench pressing with the main focus being on the "hardgainer." There are sections of motivational writing and a discussion of nutrition towards the end. I believe the underlying theme is the proper way to train to maximize results.

    If you are looking more for a scientific based explanation of diet and exercise, you can find excellent articles at bodybuilding forums such as T-nation.com and steroidology.com. I don't have a book recommendation off the top of my head.

    Bingo. Brawn by McRobert is all you need. I put thirty pounds on doing this type of basic routine. No supplements either....just food. Another good thing to do is to take up a high-intensity sport like tennis or soccer and play it 2-3 times a week. Pair that with a two to three day compound exercise training regimen and you're good to go.

    The one thing I would recommend is ordering/buying your protein from a CLEAN supplier. I use these:



  8. dan87

    dan87 Active Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    Vancouver Canada
    I only have this one book but I find it to be really useful. It has informative diagrams showing what muscles you are using when working out.

  9. knucks

    knucks Well-Known Member

    Sep 3, 2006
    Ann Arbor
    Arnold's Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding.
    Buy this book.
  10. Etienne

    Etienne Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Does anybody know Science And Practice of Strength Training by Vladimir Zatsiorsky ? Is it any good ?
  11. sbbbjm

    sbbbjm Well-Known Member

    Apr 26, 2005
    Scrawny to Brawny -- no joke it has everything, workout, nutrition, anatomy.

    i also reccomend The Book of Muscle
  12. Etienne

    Etienne Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    In the end, I just ordered The Book of Muscle, Strength Training Anatomy and Scrawny to Brawny. I'll let you know what I think, I hope this is a good selection. Thank you for all the advice, guys!

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